People who are superstitious might want to consider another breed, although how can anyone resist my rich, satiny black coat?

I’m quite social and affectionate and need to inspect whatever you’re doing—no shy or aloof behavior from me! Still, I’m reserved and respectful, not pushy. I can be chatty but not overly loud. I’m always up for a good game of fetch and enjoy well-behaved children. Other pets are acceptable, though I may want to run the show with other cats. It is possible to leash-train me.

I’m sleek and muscular at 8 to 11 pounds. My short, velvety coat requires only weekly brushing to control hair. I’m generally healthy with some risk for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a common feline heart condition. I’m a bit of a foodie and can get chubby, so control meals and treats. With proper diet and loving care, I’ll keep you happy and warm on the sofa for 12 to 16 years.